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The 11th Anniversary of World Menopause Day is on Sunday 18th October 2020 and is a worldwide awareness for women who face health issues before, during and after the menopause. 

The lead up to this day has encouraged me to reflect on the last 12 months of my work in raising awareness…

This day in 2019 I was preparing for an ‘in person’ presentation and I was buzzing! 

For someone who would never have been chosen (or wanted to be chosen) for a speaking part in a school play, I often find it enlightening to know that I now come alive in front of an audience. 

The most empowering presentations followed; audiences grew and travel increased to a plane!

I remember many faces, am touched by heart wrenching stories and the sheer bravery of some women who open up during or after a presentation. These women continue to live with me and ensure I strive forward with my work. 

Life changed for us all in March 2020 and I have spent many days thinking about the women I have met, those I have yet to meet, and wondering how they were all coping with the impact of the change in the world during their difficult menopause journeys.

Presentations switched to online and I was personally amazed by the interest. Maybe some feel safer behind a screen than they do in person? Why not? I often said it is the brave ones who come to a first workplace presentation and the others follow when I return. 

Online is now the way forward for my presentations, but I cannot wait until the day I am back in person!

For me, my work is no longer about my menopause journey but about that of others. 

I am inspired by everyone who attends a presentation and I know many are not there for themselves but for their wife, partner, colleague, friend.

I am not going to pretend I have not lived a bumpy road over the past 7 months, but upon reflection today, I always knew that the passion I had for my work and the empowerment it brings to others would ensure I continued to (as the t-shirt says)…

“Do what you love, love what you do”